Employment Opportunities

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Teaching Assistants


The Department of Chemistry is accepting TA applications for the courses listed in the table below.

Applications will be accepted until June 21, 2024 for CHEM 121/125 and June 28, 2024 for CHEM 121

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; number of base units already received does not affect eligibility criteria.  

Summer 2024 course delivery: All appointments will require face-to-face instruction. If you have concerns about the safety measures in place for face-to-face instruction, please review Safety and Risk Services Work & Research Safety.

Summer 2024 (1244) Classes begin on Monday, May 6, 2024. Refer to the student calendar for a list of important dates.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract:

CHEM 121/125 Labs – June 24 to Aug 23, 2024

CHEM 121 Tutorials – July 2 to Aug 23, 2024

  • You must discuss any planned absences with the course instructor in advance, who will determine if an exception is possible.
  • If you are taking courses or have other restrictions on your time, please be sure to contact the course instructor before applying to ensure you understand the requirements of the TAship and are available when the job requires.
  • TAs and TMs must be available to invigilate exams and TMs must be able to collect exams and course work for marking, and return (once marked).
  • In addition, applicants should provide details of any merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships for which they are expecting to receive in the upcoming term.
  • All successful applicants must demonstrate completion of the required safety training prior to the start of the course. Safety training requirements for each course are listed here. Retraining is not required if certification is still valid. https://www.sfu.ca/science/covid-policies/safety/safety-training.html

Applications are to be submitted to chemmgr@sfu.ca


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be contacted.

This posting is subject to change and positions may be conditional on final enrollments.


Course Name



Base Units

CHEM 121/125 Lab

General Chemistry and Laboratory I  

G. Mund


5.17 prorated

CHEM 121

General Chemistry and Laboratory I  

P. Li


5.17 prorated










All classes are held at the Burnaby campus unless otherwise indicated.

Qualifications for TA/TM positions in the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry includes a wide range of specializations and, in order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material, as demonstrated by either having above average performance in an equivalent or related course from an undergraduate or graduate degree, or through graduate-level research in the subject area.

Teaching Assistant Hiring Priorities

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff union (TSSU).

In allocating Teaching Assistants, the department will also take into consideration the following:

  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  • Requests for a position in a specific course or at a preferred campus
  • Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in his/her field of study
  • Employment evaluations
  • Instructor requests

If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the appointment.

Teaching Assistant Salary Range

Contact Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6
GTA 1 Salary 2,646 3,865 5,084  6,303 7,522 8,741
BU Paid 2.17 3.17 4.17 5.17 6.17 7.17
Scholarship 362 543 724 905 1,086 1,267
BU Scholarship 2 3 4 5 6 7
Total 3,008 4,408 5,808 7,208 8,608 10,008
Contact Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6
GTA 2 Salary 2,646 3,865 5,084 6,303 7,522 8,741
BU Paid 2.17 3.17 4.17 5.17 6.17 7.17
Scholarship 822 1,233 1,644 2,055 2,466 2,877
BU Scholarship 2 3 4 5 6 7
Total 3,468 5,098 6,728 8,358 9,988 11,618
Contact Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6
UTA/ETA Salary 2,646 3,865 5,084 6,303 7,522 8,741
BU Paid 2.17 3.17 4.17 5.17 6.17 7.17
Scholarship 0 0 0 0 0 0
BU Scholarship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,646 3,865 5,084 6,303 7,522 8,741

The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

For more information please contact:

Jen Jackson, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
SFU Chemistry Department

Dr. Charles Walsby, Associate Professor and Chair
SFU Chemistry Department

Resources for TAs/TMs/Sessionals

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better teacher.



The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.